Complete an apprenticeship or traineeship
Pathways for your staff to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship. Learn about recognition of prior learning, competency-based completion, full-term completion, processes and certificates.
Pathways to completing
There are two main pathways for apprentices or trainees to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship. These are:
To complete an apprenticeship or traineeship:
The apprentice or trainee must complete all the competencies in the Training Plan
The employer must confirm with the registered training organisation (RTO) the apprentice or trainee is competent in the workplace.
The RTO must report the completion of formal training to Training Services NSW and issue the qualification to the apprentice or trainee.
Training Services NSW will confirm it’s complete and issue a Certificate of Proficiency to the apprentice or trainee. See our information on Certificates below.
This usually means completing the qualification within the term of the Training Contract. Usually 1-4 years, depending on the pathway taken.
The apprentice or trainee must have
completed formal training to achieve required competencies
met industry standards through workplace training.
The RTO needs to receive the employer's endorsement before issuing the qualification.
Apprentices or trainees can complete their apprenticeships or traineeships early if they:
have prior training and knowledge that counts towards the qualification (Recognition of prior learning or RPL) or
achieve competency quickly.
Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Does your apprentice or trainee already have prior skills and knowledge in the trade or industry?
These can count as a credit towards their qualification. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
RPL may mean less time in training to gain the apprenticeship/traineeship qualification faster.
Ask your registered training organisation (RTO) if you’d like your apprentice or trainee to get RPL.
Your RTO will determine your apprentice or trainee's relevant knowledge and skills.
Note: When applying for RPL
Consider the effects on your apprentice's or trainee's wages. For example, if 12 months credit is granted, they will begin on second year/stage 2 wages.
Complete a Request to Adjust Credit form (vt2)
Forward your completed form to Training Services NSW. Your Australian Apprenticeship Centre can help if needed.
You can request competency-based completion if your apprentice or trainee has:
completed their formal training through their Registered Training Organisation
demonstrated all the required competencies to meet industry standards, as confirmed by you.
Both you and your apprentice or trainee must agree to an early completion.
How to apply for competency-based completion
Complete a Request for Competency-Based Completion and submit your request to your nearest Training Services NSW office. Your Australian Apprenticeships Centre agent can help you prepare and lodge the request.
Also see our policies and procedures page on competency-based completion
Certificates for completing
Training Services NSW issues Certificates to people who:
complete an apprenticeship or traineeship
successfully apply for trade skills recognition.
Certificate of Proficiency
Your apprentice or trainee can receive a Certificate of Proficiency if they have:
completed the on-the-job training in the workplace
successfully applied for trade skills recognition. They must also complete relevant trade training through a registered training organisation.
Employers often want their employees to have a Certificate of Proficiency to:
meet licensing standards
obtain an ISO quality endorsement
meet industry contract or tender requirements
have a well-qualified workforce.